What is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act?

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), passed by Congress in October 1998, places restrictions on how websites collect information from children under the age of 13.

The Act and associated rules apply to:

  • Operators of commercial websites or online services directed to children under 13 that collect personal information from children;
  • Operators of general audience sites that knowingly collect personal information from children under 13; and
  • Operators of general audience sites that have a separate children's area and that collect personal information from children.

For more information, visit the FTC's COPPA site.

How is COPPA Important to the USPS®When Gathering Information from Children?

From time to time as part of a special U.S. Postal Service promotion, such as stamp collecting, we may request information from children under 13 years of age. We will do so only with parental notice and consent. We will take all necessary steps to protect the privacy and safety of any child participating, in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

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